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Comment Letter on Joint Release Regarding Reporting by Investment Advisors to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF04.08.11

MFA filed a comment letter with the SEC and CFTC in response to their joint proposal to require private fund […]

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Topics: private funds commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, Form PF, systemic risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, market participants, managed futures, absolute return strategies, SEC, CFTC, Dodd-Frank Act, Council and Office of Financial Research, OFR, global regulators, overcounting, undercounting, threshold for enhanced performance, assets under management, reporting period, confidentiality protections, inadvertent disclosure, non-bank financial companies, lending institutions, interconnectedness, liquidity risk, maturity mismatch, regulatory scrutiny, systemically significant, Federal Reserve System, the Fed, Form CPO, Form PQR, Form CTA-PR, targeted requests, tiered reporting system, threshold, trading and investment strategies, borrowing arrangements, collateral practices, operational capabilities, illiquid assets, investment advisers, bespoke contracts, private equity, privately issued convertible bonds, equity derivatives, distressed debt, unaffiliated third party sources, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, Financial Accounting Standards Board, audited financial statements, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, Form 13F, public companies, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, portfolio management, CUSIP number, semi-annual reporting, counterparty exposures, market noise, short-term market fluctuations, margin requirements, hedge fund defaults, large private fund manager, qualifying fund, hedge fund assets under management, Form ADV, proposed reporting thresholds, interpretive guidance, private fund managers, recordkeeping requirements, section 404, confidentiality of information, proprietary information, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, Schedule 13G, individual certification, valuation methodology, proprietary methodology, alternative methodology, de minimis, master-feeder, parallel funds, equity prices, interest rates, currency rates, Form PF question 36, form PF questions 28 and 35, funds of funds, direct investments, aggregate gross asset value, collateral, operational efficiency, ten-year option, five-year option, master agreement, regulatory assets under management, net assets under management, leverage, parallel managed accounts, net asset value, gross asset value, creditor, net borrowings, aggregate borrowings, beneficial owners, record owners, fixed advisory fees, investment expenses, performance fees, inception class, statistical arbitrage-equity, other quantitative strategies, strategy exposure, risk capital allocation, NAV, futures commission merchants, FCMs, direct clearing members, DCMs, prime brokers, clause (iii), loan commitments, offsetting exposure, tri-party collateral accounts, market value, asset-backed securities, debt securities, swap contracts, futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, notional value of derivatives, notional amount, long positions, short positions, LMV, SMV, maturity brackets, short-term interest rate, DV01, CR01, duration, non-rated issues, short term high quality corporate debt, foreign exchange derivatives, turnover rate, GMV, Bloomberg, risk methodology, repos, sensitivity analyses, liquidity management, balance sheet value, delta adjusted, variation margin, equity exposure, rehypothecated initial margin, CCPs, central clearing counterparties, Value at Risk, VaR, CDS, CDX, default rates, corporate bonds, short borrowing, synthetic borrowing, uncommitted lines of credit, side pocket arrangement,

Comment Letter Responding to FSB’s Background Note, ‘Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues’05.16.11

MFA submitted a comment letter in response to the FSBs Background Note on Shadow Banking. In our letter, we discussed […]

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Topics: Financial Stability Board Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues, shadow banking system, banks, broker dealers, Background Note, hedge fund industry, concentration of assets, low leverage, borrowing arrangements, derivatives contracts, stable capital, regulation, credit intermediation chain, Distribution/Wholesale Funding, non-bank institutional investors, long-only mutual funds, insurance companies, Pension Funds, private equity funds, large corporate investors, systemic risk concerns, maturity transformation, liquidity transformation, individual adviser, hedge fund adviser, asset concentration, asset management structures, interconnectedness of hedge funds, systemic impact of hedge funds, The UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, legal separation of different funds, bank holding companies, nonbank financial institutions, secured borrowings, manage liquidity risk, investors, bank/broker counterparts, secured basis, short term liability, repo liabilities, ABCP conduits, mutual funds, collateral, margining process, haircuts, initial margin, mark-to market margining, repo sellers, repo collateral, highly leveraged financial institutions, hedge fund borrowings, Long Term Capital Management, LTCM, U.S. President's Working Group on Financial Markets, counterparty risk management, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, hedge fund leverage, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory arbitrage concerns, off-balance sheet vehicles, direct regulation of entities, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, macro-prudential approach,

Comment Letter on Proposed Rules for Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps and Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants07.11.11

MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC in response to both their notice of proposed rulemaking on Capital Requirements […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, "Proposed Capital Rules, " "Proposed Margin Rules, margin, liquidity, swap markets, prudential regulator, CSE, buy-side firms, central clearing, uncleared swaps, customized transactions, unsecured counterparty credit risk, transparency, margin practices, two-way exchange of variation margin, netting, safeguards. designated clearing organization, DCO, Timothy Geithner, Gary Gensler, counterparties, trading costs, adverse pricing, funding costs, variation margin, collateral management practices, financial entities, non-cash collateral, Office of the Currency, Office of the Treasury, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Housing Finance Agency, systemic risk, shielding assets, pension plans, university endowments, bilateral variation margin exchange, unsecured obligations, one-sided variation margin arrangements, SEC, "too big to fail, " uncollateralized swap positions, margin exchange, swap portfolio, counterparty credit quality, Hon. Ben S. Bernanke, risk management, asset classes, interest rate swaps, commodity swaps, equity swaps, referenced bond, Eurodollar futures, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, liened account assets, initial margin model, portfolio offsets, Alternative Method, net counterparty exposure, out-of-the-money swap, in-the-money swap, initial and variation margin transfers, futures commission merchant, asset class, multi-lateral agreements, cross-product netting agreements, non-cleared commodity options, liquidation value, paired products, trading contracts, capital planning, multiplier of 2.0, multiplier of 4.4, reference cleared swap, grid-based method, proprietary models, ten-day liquidation time horizon, five-day time horizon, segregation of customer assets, custodian, Capital Rules, capital requirements, Mr. Eric Chern, Chicago Trading Company, Joint Commission-SEC Staff Roundtable on Proposed Dealer and major Participant Definitions Under the Dodd-Frank Act, tailored products, Reporting of Capital Requirements, collateral delivery, counterparty exposure, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps,

Comment Letters to Prudential Regulators on their Proposed Rules for Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities07.11.11

MFA submitted a comment letter to the Prudential Regulators in response to their notice of proposed rulemaking on Margin and […]

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Topics: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities Treasury, swap markets, central clearing, risk-based margin requirements, minimize risk, liquidity, swap dealers, SDs, major swap participants, covered swap participants, CSEs, uncleared swaps, delivery of margin, counterparties, operational costs, adverse pricing, robust netting arrangements, funding costs, customized transactions, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, unsecured counterparty credit risk, consistency, transparency, variation margin, Timothy Geithner, mandatory clearing requirements, central clearinghouse, clearing eligible, non-cash collateral, Gary Gensler, asset class, financial entity counterparties, bilateral exchange of variation margin, pension plans, university endowments, counterparty risk, systemic risk, "too big to fail, uncollaterized swap positions, indirect transmission, House Committee on Financial Services, Ben S. Bernanke, swap portfolio, risk management, cleared swap transactions, risk reduction tool, interest rate swaps, commodity swaps, FCM, credit default swap, referenced bond, interest rate swap, Eurodollar futures, security-based swaps, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, over-collateralization, futures commission merchant, liquidation value, cross-product netting agreements, multi-lateral netting agreements, non-cleared commodity options, paired products, trading contracts, proprietary models, equity swaps, call option, total return swap, illiquid security, ten-day liquidation time horizon, five-day time horizon, valuation formulas, swap documents, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps, DCO, capital charge, derivatives clearing organizations, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, CFTC,